Improving Outcomes for Children, Youth and Families
Through Sustainable Systems Change

Regional Forum Agenda April 14-15, 2009

Day 1 TUESDAY
11:00Check in
12:00Regional Forum Begins (Guggenheim Ballroom I) - Lunch
12:30Welcome & Introductions
Mark Ells, Project Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
Bethany Miller, Federal Project Officer, Children’s Bureau
Carolyn Wilson-Hurey, Regional Program Manager, ACF Region V
Mary McKee, Program Specialist and Regional Office Liaison, ACF Region VII
1:00Overview of Forum Agenda

Mark Ells, Project Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center

1:20The Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance Network
Bethany Miller, Federal Project Officer, Children’s Bureau
Mary McKee, Program Specialist and Regional Office Liaison, ACF Region VII
Barbara Putyra, Program Specialist and Regional Office Liaison, ACF Region V
Peter Watson, Director National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Phyllis Charles, Adoption Program Manager, Child Welfare Information Gateway
2:00Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center Purpose and Approach
Mark Ells, Project Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Multidisciplinary staff and consultant expertise
  • Outreach
  • Regional Forums
  • Tailored and intensive training and technical assistance in support of implementation projects
  • Peer networking support
Evaluation of IC Activity and Implementation Projects; Cross-Site Evaluation
Jeff Chambers, Evaluation Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
Janet Griffeth, ICF International and James Bell Associates
2:25-2:45Break
2:45Peer Networking: Current Opportunities and New Horizons
Gregg Wright, Peer Networking Coordinator, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Opportunities through the T/TA Network
    Peter Watson, National CW Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
    Joanne Brown, National CW Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
    Joan Morse, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Permanency Planning
    John Levesque, National CW Resource Center for Adoption
    Cheryl Montoya, National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
    Sonia Velazquez, National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the CW System
  • Opportunities available through Regional Offices
    Krista Thomas and Ruby Flagg-Ross, Region V
    Mary McKee, Region VII
  • New opportunities
    Gregg Wright, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
3:30Small Group Discussions Regarding Peer Networking
Facilitated by representatives from T/TA Network and MCWIC
  • Existing Peer Networks: what’s already in place and working well?
  • Needed Peer Networks: what new connections would be helpful?
  • What networking methods would be most useful?
4:15Small Groups Report about Peer Networking
  • Use of existing peer networks
  • Needed peer networks
  • Networking methods
4:45Logistics for Evening and Tomorrow
Sarah Hansen, Project Associate, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
5-6:30Networking Reception (Field Room)
Dinner On Your Own


Day 2WEDNESDAY
8:00Continental Breakfast (Guggenheim Ballroom I)
8:30Theory and Practice of Changing Child Welfare Systems
10:30Break
10:45Small Group Discussions Regarding Organizational Culture, Climate and Readiness for Change
Facilitated by representatives from T/TA Network and MCWIC
  • Think of a recent success and a challenge your agency faces. What are the primary organizational culture barriers in your agency that prevented the agency from being more effective? What are the organizational culture and climate factors that contributed to this success?
  • How ready is our agency for change? Which readiness factors seem most critical? How can we take organizational culture and climate into account when planning for change?
11:45Small Groups Report on Discussions
Facilitated by representatives from T/TA Network and MCWIC
  • Each group will share the ONE question or point they wish to comment upon.
12:00Break for Lunch
12:15Lunch (Montrose Room) and Presentation: Leadership of Child Welfare Systems Change
Judge James Payne, Director, Indiana Department of Child Services
1:15Break/Adjourn Back to Guggenheim Ballroom I
1:30Pulling Multiple Levers: A Case Example of Multidisciplinary Problem Solving
Vicky Weisz, Senior Consultant, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Demonstration of using a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, using a case example of recurrence of maltreatment
1:45Small Group Activity/Discussion “Using Multiple Levers”
Facilitated by representatives from T/TA Network and MCWIC
  • Each participant will choose one of the following 6 topical focus areas and work in small groups to apply the “multiple levers” multidisciplinary problem solving approach:
    1. parent engagement, particularly with fathers
    2. recurrence of maltreatment
    3. achieving timely adoptions
    4. child and family involvement in case planning
    5. achieving timely reunification
    6. older youth and APPLA (another planned permanent living arrangement)
2:40Small Groups Report Synthesis/Reflections on the Activity
Facilitated by representatives from T/TA Network and MCWIC
  • What are the most common systems implicated in the solutions (e.g., supervision, court)?
  • Which systems present challenges when identifying potential solutions and interventions? Ideas for how to bridge these challenges?
3:00Break
3:15Implementation Projects
Michelle Graef, Associate Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Purpose of implementation projects, eligibility criteria
  • Overview of the Request for Applications (RFA) and proposal review process
  • Timelines for this year and subsequent years
  • Question and answer session
3:45Evaluation of Regional Forum and Participant Action Planning
Jeff Chambers, Evaluation Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Participants will have an opportunity to meet with their agency teams and create a “team” participant action plan, articulating their next steps
4:15Wrap-up
Mark Ells, Project Director, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
  • Common themes/issues
  • Identified resources
  • Next steps
    • Peer networking
    • Implementation project applications
4:30Adjourn